Voice From Above

According to the digital clock, it’s 6:32 am. There’s a shrill BEEP followed by a woman announcing, “Low battery.” My brain is in sleep mode and putting my thoughts together is taking time. Was that my alarm? Why so early? And then it happens again — BEEP and that woman saying, “Low battery.” I realize the voice is coming from our bedroom ceiling. I look up. It’s that bleepin’ fire alarm. I give it the evil eye and cover my head. The woman and beep are persistent. Every five minutes they make their announcement. I throw my pillow and get out of bed.  

I’m not happy. There is no easy way to stop the annoyance. The alarm is attached to a high ceiling above the middle of our bed and can only be reached by standing on a ladder. The last time this happened — in the middle of the night — we had to find a sturdy board to put on the bed and then put a ladder on top of that in order to get to the alarm. We almost broke our necks. There’s no way I’m attempting to do that by myself.

I shut the door and put on some LOUD music.

I can still hear it. It’s going to be a very long day. First thing on my husband’s to do list when he arrives home is rip that thing down! Meanwhile, I think I’ll go read some noisy books.

Clang! Clang! Beep! Beep! Listen to the City by Robert Burleigh (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 2009), The Busiest Street in Town by Mara Rockliff (Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2009),  Shark vs.Train by Chris Barton (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 2010), I’m Bad! by Kate McMullan (HarperCollins, 2008)

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